After the success of the first book, The Lightning Thief, Rick Riordan does not disappoint us with this sequel. Picking up one school year after the events of the first book, it doesn’t take long for the book to really pick up and send you right into the good stuff this book has to offer.
While the story of this book is a little bit on the weak side, it easily makes up for this with a bunch of action and some enjoyable comedy. Since it’s a sequel, the previously existing characters are very much the same as before; but the new characters introduced are also very like able, at least from my perspective. I know there are plenty of others out there who dislike these new characters, but never the less… All in all, there isn’t a lot to say in terms of notable changes in writing styles and dialogue. One thing I feel deserves some extra credit is how much more mythology based this book was compared to its prequel. Including lesser known myths and monsters was a nice touch. Lastly, this book is actually enjoyable if you didn’t read the first book. You won’t understand as much of the details, but the author does reintroduce the characters and settings so it’s entirely enjoyable either way.
In conclusion, “The Sea of Monsters” is not as great as its predecessor but still a very good read and highly recommended to those who have read and enjoyed the first book.
Overall Rating : 7/10